The Link Between Ovarian Cancer and Using Talc for Feminine Hygiene

talc powderOvarian cancer is a serious cancer in the reproductive system that claims the lives of more than 14,000 women in the United States each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Because early stage ovarian cancer causes very few noticeable symptoms, the disease usually isn't diagnosed until the cancer has spread throughout the pelvis and abdomen, making traditional cancer treatments largely ineffective.

Why Using Talcum Powder Products May Be Connected to Ovarian Cancer

While some women have a genetic predisposition to the disease, others are wondering if their daily use of talcum powder products, such as Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder or Shower to Shower, may be to blame for the ovarian cancer diagnosis. For decades, these powders, made of finely ground mineral talc, were promoted as a feminine hygiene aid for women who applied them to their genital regions and used in sanitary napkins to absorb moisture and prevent odors.

Research suggests a link between ovarian cancer and the long-term use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene. Based on the presence of talcum powder particles discovered in ovarian biopsies, doctors theorize that talc enters the vagina, uterus, and upper reproductive track, causing painful inflammation that eventually leads to the development of ovarian cancer.

As a result, more than 2,000 women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in recent years, alleging that the company knew of the risks associated with using talcum powder products but failed to warn consumers. Judges and juries have agreed with the female plaintiffs in several recent cases, awarding almost $200 million in combined damages.

Do You Need Help Pursuing a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

If you have no family history of ovarian cancer, but were diagnosed with the disease after applying Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products to your genital region daily for five or more years, you may be able to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you explore your legal rights and let you know if you have a case worth pursuing.

Call McGartland Law Firm at 866-957-5141 or complete our online contact form to set up an appointment for a free case consultation.